Firmly established as the premier venue for darts with a reputation for superb competitions and extensive prize pools the Omagh venue will host the best Irish players in this invitational tournament. 40 players from both pro circuits and a clutch of Northern Irish and Republic of Ireland internationals step up to the oche at 12noon on Sunday with eight groups of five all battling it out to become the top player in Ireland .
Speaking at the launch at the weekend Neechy Donnelly the tournament director spoke of the excitement that has griped the darts world since the announcement of the “invitational”
” We talked about this type of tournament for several years now and after checking the calendars of both the PDC and BDO tournaments the 6th April stood out, it would have been great for a two day competition but that was not feasible so we sent out the invites and within 24 hours the entrants were complete”
Donnelly has worked hard to establish the Weigh Inn and the reputation of the festival of darts has cemented it as a focal point for throwers from all over the UK, but this is an Irish first.
” I am delighted that we are going to bring forty of the best to compete for the title and prizemoney, the good news is too that 24 players will all take away money from Omagh at the weekend with a high quality subsidiary tournament also set to keep the interest going all day. We have eight boards and a special finals board, the venue will be at it’s best too and I want to thank all the local throwers, dart enthusiasts and of course our staff for their help and support” enthused Donnelly as the countdown continued.
Players from Limerick, Sligo, Waterford, Larne, Belfast, Derry and Fermanagh will all go head to head, many familiar faces to anyone who follows the local, national, international and professional scene. Last years Irish open winner Daryl Gurney will be joined by fellow PDC challengers Brendan Dolan and one of Irelands finest Willie O’Conner. While Gurney, O’Conner and Dolan are already among the favorites they will have to be at their best with a raft of experienced throwers stepping up to the oche. Ireland’s top BDO player Michael Meeney, Newtownards nine dart specialist Kevin Burness, Republic of Ireland skipper Sean McGowan and Roscommon’s Dave Concannon confirmed their entries right away much to the delight of the organiser,
“To have the quality we have coming has to be a real threat to anyone who loves darts, Kevin , Willie, Daryl and Brendan are household names and are big attractions in their own right, but to have them all together is something we have always hoped for”
Sadly commitments away from darts prevented a handful of some of the invitee’s from making the trip to Omagh this weekend and while that was a disappointment there is no doubting that the line up is possibly the best assembled at one tournament.